STEPS! the official e-newsletter of Dance Parade New York!   May 6, 2014
What Has Over 20,000 Legs And 20,000 Arms That Can Be Artistically Expressed In Over 75 Unique Ways?
Indiegogo Be The Momentum Campaign Update :
Dance Parade 2014 Is On!
The Parade and Festival Are On!
On Saturday May 17th, join Grand Marshals Savion Glover, Jawole Zolar and Hex Hector along with 10,000 other dancers for the 8th annual Dance Parade and Festival!
Although, as a community, we did not reach our fundraising goal with our first Indiegogo Campaign, we have been able to make up some of the difference throughout the year from grants and donations.
We currently have over 150 dance groups registered to “Be The Momentum.” Our year-long fundraising efforts have allowed us to offer scholarship fee waivers to 37 of these groups to participate in the parade and festival. Click here to check out who else is dancing in the parade this year.
Thanks to discounted audio from our generous equipment vendors, All four stages for the Tompkins Square Park’s DanceFest are funded. Check out our DanceFest lineup here.
Unfortunately as an organization, we have had to make some hard choices because of the Indiegogo shortfall. We have had to cut back our Community Kinect Education program, that provides after-school fitness to NYC Parks and Recreation Centers, but we have fully funded “Ageless Action”, FREE dance programs in four sites: Ft. Hamilton Senior Center (Brooklyn), Hansborough Recreation Center (Washington Heights), Chelsea Recreation Center (Manhattan) and The Lenox Hill Senior Center (Manhattan).  Click here to learn more about our Community Engagement Programs.
We’ve offered classes to hundreds of seniors and many will be dancing down Broadway with us this year for the first time. Seniors not able to dance in the streets will be aboard Dance Parade’s Grand Marshal float with celebrities Savion Glover and Jawole Zollar. There’s still plenty of time for you to contribute to the 8th Annual Dance Parade. Click here to donate or volunteer to help make May 17th an amazing day for tens of thousands of fellow New Yorkers and dancers from around the world.  We appreciate your support!
DanceFest 2014 Lineup Announced!
4 Stages Of Performances,  Hex Hector In Social Dance Area, Free Dance Lessons & More!

2014 DanceFest Program FREE to the Public!

Tompkins Square Park, Just below 10th street btwn Aves A & B

Social Dance Area (10th St & Avenue B)
Opening sets by House Coalition's DJ Curly & Brian Cox 3:00 pm
Barbara Tucker with special guest House For The Homeless Choir 4:00 pm
Jeannie Hopper 4:30 pm
Hex Hector 5:30 pm
Beginner classes from some of the City's Best Teachers!
NYC Bhangra - Indian Bhangra 3:00 pm
Modern Suzanne Beahrs 3:30 pm
Jamaican Dancehall - Rick Long 4:00 pm
Salsa - Sabor 4:30 pm
Swing Dance - Frankie Manning Style! 5:00 pm
Waacking - Princess Lockerooo, Peridance 5:30 pm
Tap - Ben Nathan / TapUnity 6:00 pm
Hip-Hop - Ant Boogie, Broadway Dance Center 6:30 pm
Main Stage: Tompkins Square Park Old Band Shell 3-7 pm
Paul Taylor Teen Ensemble
Navatman Dance
Fully Focused Dance Intensive
Danse Sur Le Rouge
Mazarte Dance Group
Eglevsky Ballet of Long Island
Syncopated City Dance Company
Marsha Parrilla/Danza Organica
The Pink Tutu Ballet
Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
Grand Marshal Awards: Jawole Zollar (Urban Bush Women), Savion Glover & Hex Hector
Saung Budaya
Princess Lockerooo & Waack-Action Heroes
Na Oiwi NYC
Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama
Dance2Heartbeat NYC
Ting Dance & Dancers
American Swiss Ballet NY
The New York Raqs Sharqi All Stars
Neville Dance Theatre
Yosakoi Dance Project - 10tecomai
KTMDI - Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute
Xianix Barrera & Sabor Flamenco
Dancing Rubies
Red Silk Dancers
Sabor: Columbias First Latino Dance Troupe
Sol Dance Center
Blues Dance New York
Dance Manhattan
Jo-Me Dance
Shushi Armenian Dance Ensemble
Latin Dance Connection Hustle Dancers
Energy in the Middle
Family Stage (Entrance on 9th Street & Avenue A) 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Dance Parade's Community Engagement Program with Shireen Dickson
Ballet Folklorico Xochitquetzal
House of the Roses
Queens Dance Fusion
Hoboken Hip Hop
The Shakedown
Breaking Ground Dance Center
Lei Pasifika
Seekers Of Knowledge
Dance For Life
Jules Legacy Dancers
High Definition Dance
Manhattan Andaaz
Body Roll
Divas Beyond Belief
Swing Band Dance
Swing Dancers Celebrate Frankie Mannings 100th Birthday 6-7 pm
Site Specific! (Located around the Park)
New York Music In Motion
The Cocoon Project
BatalaNYC-AfroBrazilian Samba Reggae
Marni's Imagination On Ice
SkyBody Aerial Entertainment and Fitness
Spiral Effect
Thrill The World NYC
TOAD Armada
Manhattan Tribal
Volunteer Spotlight :
Meet DanceFest Co-Producer Jamila Holman
Dance Parade, Inc. is a volunteer supported non-profit organization! It is the dedication, expertise and rhythm of these brave few that are solely responsible for the success of the event and all the background work that goes on all year long leading up to the parade and festival. Every month, we choose a different volunteer to spotlight. We ask them a few questions to let you know who they are, where they’ve come from and where they see themselves in the future.  This month, we feature Jamila Holman, Our Co-Producer of DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park! 
Exclusive Mix By Grand Marshal DJ Hex Hector For AUDIO DANCE PARADE! 
Check out an exclusive Audio Dance Parade by 2014 Grand Marshal DJ Hex Hector!
Audio Dance Parade is a podcast series curated by our very own Chauncey featuring DJs from around the world as well as those who have and still participate in the parade year after year! Check out more mixes by subsribing to 'Audio Dance Parade' on iTunes or visiting our page on Podomatic here. Enjoy!  
2014 Photography Contest Announced!
Become An Official Dance Parade Paparazzi! 
Announcing Our 2014 Dance Parade Photo Contest!
Dance Parade is one of the world's biggest stages for the type of cultural fusion, colorful costumes and unique choreography that would make any photographer, amateur or professional, jump for joy!
Interested in being an official Dance Parade paparazzi?
First, fill out our Press Pass Registration form here.
We will be holding a very special photography contest again this year and winning photographs will be featured in the first ever annual Dance Parade Photo Yearbook, a coffee table style art book that will be given out to high level donors and esteemed participants. More details to be revealed soon!  Photo by Lawrence Parker, 2012 Photo Contest Winner.
Season 8 Highlights & Upcoming Appearances 
* Final ALL HANDS Volunteer Meeting Friday, May 9th at 5:00pm
Dance Parade needs YOU!   Come share the glory in making this unique and diverse event happen on Broadway down to the East Village! Our last ALL HANDS meeting is this Friday May 9th starting at 5pm and is a great chance to meet the team and find out how you can pitch in!
Location: La Luz 135 Thames Street
A few stops into Brooklyn on the L to the Morgan between Porter Ave & Varick across from the Ghetty gas station and Flushing Ave!

* Dance Parade Press Conference On The Steps Of City Hall!  
Monday, May 12th at 1:00pm!   Come out and show your support!  Read more...

  • As of May 06, 2014:   6867 Dancers, 150 Organizations, 76 Unique Styles have registered! On May 17th, we are planning to have 10,000 dancers from those 150 Organizations dancing to over 75 unique styles of dance, making this the world's largest display of the diversity of dance ever! 
  • For a full list of groups who will be appearing in the parade click here   
  • Momz N Da Hood --  America's first breakdance group of mothers over 50 will be serving as officers of the New York Dance Police! 
  • What is the NYDP? - A group of 60 uniformed "NYDP" (New York City Dance Police) officers will be ticketing "bystanders" who are not moving or dancing.  The citations direct violators to go to a dance court listed on the reverse side. Dance Courts are coupons for free dance lessons.  Big Meet & Greet Scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd 5pm!  Read more...
  • WBAI - A 2 hour live broadcast featuring interviews from Dance Celebrities and Organizers of various styles of dance will air live from Tompkins Square Park from 4-6pm.   Check out WBAI website...
  • Dance Parade Honors Three Grand Marshals This Year :  Tony Award Winning Tap Dancer, Savion Glover, Founder and Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Grammy Award Winning DJ/Producer, Hex Hector. For more background on Dance Parade's Grand Marshals click here...
  • For Press Release, High Resolutions Photos and our Media Kit, click here
'You live as long as you dance' 
- Rudolf Nureyev
Dance With Internationally Acclaimed DJ Erick Morillo Aboard Pacha Float Plus Official After Party Details!
Dance with Erick Morillo & Pacha NYC
in the annual NYC Dance Parade!
Erick Morillo will be at the helm of Pacha NYC’s Dance Parade float–leading a parade of dancers to celebrate electronic dance music – Subliminal style! And he wants YOU to join him!
The parade kicks off at 1PM at 22nd Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway with the house, techno, and disco floats taking you into the heart of the East Village. The annual event culminates with an eclectic DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park.   Those dancing with Pacha are to meet at 1:30 pm to start the festivities down Broadway at 2:00 pm and add the finishing touches to a beautiful day as the final float in the parade!
Register to dance with Pacha! The parade is open to all ages and custom Pacha goodies will be handed out! REGISTER HERE
Join us later at Pacha for the Official Dance Parade Afterparty with Erick Morillo!  Click for tickets
Join our team for a celebratory drink along with DJs from House Coalition and Blackbird Skuadron!
This ain’t no Easter Parade. The Dance Parade makes its way through the streets of NYC today, with Chairman of the Board Erick Morillo leading the way! Expect floats, costumes, go-go boys, girls and everything in between. But we're not done yet. The Subliminal head honcho moves the party to Pacha tonight, for a celebration of the foundation of everything that makes nightclubs great – and, as a wise woman once said, the vertical expression of a horizontal desire. #ERICKSBACK! Saturday May 17th, the chairman of the board Erick Morillo returns to Pacha NYC!


Dance Parade Important Dates, Deadlines & FAQs

- Join A Dance Group in the Parade  Click for more info
- Register Your Group in the Parade (Deadline May 7th)  Click for more info
- Final Group Coordinator Meeting Wednesday May 7th 6pm-8pm at Jefferson Market Library  Click for more info
- Who Are Our 2014 Grand Marshals?  Click for more info
- Who's Performing In The Parade This Year?  Click for full list of participants
- Where Does The Parade Start?  Click for route
- Where Does The Parade End?  Click for DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park
- What Is Our Community Engagement Program?  Click to learn more
- Become A Volunteer!  Here are some important roles we need filled:
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR - Recruit, Screen and Welcome New Volunteers, placing them into positions that fit their experience
PUBLICITY & PROMOTIONS TEAM - Spread the word about Dance Parade in the press, online and on our Street Team outings
LOGISTICS MANAGER - Coordinate drop-offs, pick-ups and transportation on the day of the event
Thank You!
 We appreciate our sponsors so much-- Click to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and inquire about ad space on street banners along parade route, booths at DanceFest or a float in the parade. Contact for more information.